By Christina Hermoso
A Catholic Church leader reminded the faithful that Wednesday’s feast of the Annunciation is a manifestation that “God will save the fallen humanity as He promised.”
“The Blessed Virgin Mary received the good news. Mary has found favors with God. She will be the mother of the Savior. Salvation has come. God is faithful to His promise to save the fallen humanity,” said Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos as Catholics mark the Feast of the Annunciation Wednesday, March 25.
“In these difficult and dangerous times, trust that there will be good news to come, our own annunciations. Healing will come. Cure and remedy will be found. This pandemic will be eradicated. We will be restored to sound health. We will be safe again. The world will be healed,” Santos said.
The bishop urged Catholics to stay strong and firm in their faith and to continue to do good amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Despite the sufferings and sacrifices, continue to do good things. Be good. Don’t take advantage of the situation for profit and personal gains. Do things in favor of God and of the common good. God is true to His word. He will save us. God will manifest His power and glory. God is not punishing us nor is God angry with us. He will rescue us, comfort us and grant us His healing,” the Church leader stressed.
“Have faith in God. Don’t lose hope, nor be discouraged. Don’t give up. Look up to God and hold on to His Word. Everything will come to pass. God will triumph. God will help us beat this virus. And that is our annunciation,” added Santos.
The Feast of the Annunciation commemorates the revelation by the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she “will be the mother of God” (Luke 1:26-38) and her complete submission to God’s holy plan.
In observance of the feast, Church leaders encourage the faithful to pray the Holy Rosary and the Angelus, as well as to reflect on the Magnificat, and to offer sacrifices for all the unborn children.
The Feast of the Annunciation reminds the faithful of Christ’s Incarnation or the instance God became man.
Church officials said, “Christ’s Incarnation was fully accomplished not during His revelation to the world at His birth or during His adulthood but at the time when the ‘Word’ was made flesh at His conception in Mary’s womb.”
Meanwhile, Church leaders enjoined the faithful to join Pope Francis’ call for a simultaneous worldwide praying of the Lord’s Prayer against COVID-19 at 7 tonight, March 24, or 12 noon at the Vatican.